Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Sweet Dreams #59 Please Say Yes and #60 Summer Breezes

Sweet Dreams #59 Please Say Yes, Alice Owen Crawford, 1984

Marley couldn't be happier when shy, handsome Jeff finally asks her out.  But disaster strikes when the Riverport High basketball team is left a large sum of money.  The boys' team insists the money was meant for them alone; the girls' team thinks that it should be shared.

The school is split right down the middle—boys on one side, girls on the other.  To force the issue, the girls declare a "romantic freeze."  No dates, no kissing, no hand-holding until the boys give in.

Marley's new romance seems doomed, unless the two opposing camps can reach a compromise—and soon!

The behavior of the boys on the boys' basketball team is truly horrible.  They make awful comments directed at the girls.

I have mentioned before that I like the teen romance books the best when the girl faces a struggle that is more than just wanting a boyfriend.  Both books reviewed in this post are of that type.

This is a very good book.

Sweet Dreams #60 Summer Breezes, Susan Blake, 1984

For Megan Woods, summer and sailboats are one and the same.  There's nothing like the thrill of racing alongside her boyfriend, Jeff, captain of the yacht club sailing team.  Unless it's the satisfaction she gets from teaching the Tadpoles, a group of younger kids, how to handle a boat.

When Megan is asked to be the Tadpoles' full-time coach for the summer, she's thrilled but torn by indecision.  If she takes the job, she'll have to give up racing with the team.  But will giving up the team mean giving up Jeff as well?

Megan is truly torn between two boys, and her dilemma comes across as genuine.  There's no stupidity here.  It's quite apparent that Megan is being manipulated by one boy, but she doesn't fall for it too long, so she doesn't come across as stupid.  This is important to me.

This book is well written, compelling, and excellent.

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